newbie here..... I'm flying to Paris tomorrow and asked the wife if she would like to go and spend time wandering around while I worked the cardiac conference. She said sure. So, after reviewing my miles in United I realized I had enough miles for 1 RT from SFO and she could go on the same flight. Since I'm in business class I'll switch seats with her and let her relax. The miles I get for travel are adding up fast since it's all business all year. Last year was to India, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Domincan Republic and Texas. This year so far has been to Europe, Singapore and Alabama with a second trip ti France and expecting some to Malaysia, Hong Kong and a third trip back to Europe. I've been maximizing things and just snagged 4000 united miles for 3 nights at Crowne Plaza - Spring Hill Suites. All I had to do was check in and out the 3 seperate nights literally going 100 yeards to the other hotel the next day. Easy.